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Modi wants monitoring of loans given to self-help groups
New Delhi : Monitoring the progress of various rural development schemes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed officials to also monitor loans extended to rural self-help groups (SHGs) through the Aadhaar scheme.
 
Three crore households have so far been linked to SHGs under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana that targets poverty alleviation through sustainable livelihood, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog officials told the prime minister.
 
“He asked for due monitoring of the loans given to SHGs, using Aadhaar. He emphasised that loans must reach the intended beneficiaries, for this scheme to be successful,” an official said.
 
The NITI Aayog officials on Monday gave a presentation to the prime minister on the progress of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). 
 
Official figures indicate that an average of 91 km of rural roads have been built daily in the financial year 2015-16, resulting in addition of 30,500 km to rural road length. As a result, 6,500 habitations were connected. 
 
“The prime minister was told about the use of innovative best practices in the PMGSY, including the use of geographic information system and space imagery for planning and monitoring, as well as citizen grievance redressal through app 'Meri Sadak',” the official said. 
 
“The prime minister has directed for stringent quality monitoring of the roads built under the scheme. He said quality checks should be made at the material procurement, construction and maintenance stages,” he added.
 
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Maharashtra spends more on cattle than orphan kids: BJP MLA
Mumbai : More money is spent on the upkeep of cattle in Maharashtra than orphans in state-run shelter homes, a ruling BJP legislator has said.
 
Anil Bonde, the Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Morshi (Amravati), said that the state shells out Rs.70 per day per animal in a fodder camp, while orphans in state-run children's homes get only Rs.30 per child per day as food expenses.
 
Meanwhile, officials said non-governmental organisations running orphanages in Maharashtra have not received dues totalling Rs.156 crore for three years, pending sanction from the authorities.
 
More than 250 fodder camps for cattle have been set up in water-scarcity hit districts of Marathwada like Latur, Beed and Osmanabad since August 2015.
 
The state has so far spent around Rs.60 crore on these cattle camps, Bonde told the media here on Monday evening.
 
In contrast, Bonde said, there are 1,105 orphanages in the state, including 1,062 run by recognised non-governmental organisations.
 
The government pays them Rs.900 per month per child (Rs.30 per day) for food while Rs.990 (Rs.33 per child) is given for special children every month. 
 
Bonde demanded that the state government hike the money given to children's homes to at least Rs.1,500 (Rs.50 per day per child) per month and disburse it on schedule.
 
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shadi katyal

9 months ago

This should not come as a surprise. After all those childern are orphans and under BJP/RSS a cow is a mother and thus GOvt can say they are doing their duty.
After all we have killed people when Gow Mata is involved and this should make it clear that human beings have no value compared to a Bovine

23 killed as terror strikes Brussels
Brussels : At least 23 people were killed as two deadly explosions rocked the Zaventem airport and another the main metro station here on Tuesday, four days after the arrest of the Paris terror attack suspect in the Belgian capital.
 
In what looked like a coordinated terror strike, a suicide bomber was apparently involved in the airport carnage where two quick explosions just after 8 a.m. left a part of the departure hall looking like a war zone. At least 13 people were killed and over 30 injured, Belgian media said.
 
Even as Belgium raised its terror alert to the maximum, a third equally powerful blast occurred -- at the Maalbeek Metro station near the European Union building killing at least 10 people.
 
An Indian woman crew member of Jet Airways, which had just landed at Brussels, was injured and rushed to a hospital, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. The plane had taken off from Delhi. 
 
It was not immediately clear how the crew member got wounded. An hour earlier, another Jet plane had landed -- from Mumbai.
 
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel appealed to people to "avoid any movement". The airport was hurriedly evacuated and both the airport and Metro station were shut down.
 
Belga news agency reported that shots were fired and shouts in Arabic were heard before the two blasts, BBC said.
 
People were seen coming out of the airport building with blood on their faces.
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to the families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly."
 
Initial reports said the blasts were centred at the American Airlines check-in desk. The false ceiling in that building came crashing down while all the glass windows, furniture and machinery were shattered. 
 
A later report said one explosion occurred at the departure area, where public access was easy, and another at the runway.
 
BBC and most media outlets said several people were killed at the airport. Belgian broadcaster RTBF quoted hospital sources to say that 10 people had been killed and 30 injured. Daily Mail of London put the death toll at 13.
 
Pictures showed the terminal windows blown out from the force of the explosion and plumes of smoke rising high into the sky. Video also showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the terminal. 
 
Sky News Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi, who was at the airport, told the channel: "I could feel the building move."
 
The incident came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week. 
 
On Monday, Belgium's Interior Minister Jan Jambon said the country was braced for a possible revenge attack following the capture of the 26-year-old Abdeslam.
 
CNN quoted a tourist, Anthony Barrett, as saying that he heard the explosions from his hotel across the terminal building. "When I opened the curtains and looked out, I could see people fleeing," he told CNN.
 
Barrett said he saw 19 or 20 stretchers carrying people. Luggage trolleys were also used to transport the wounded. "It is clearly a very serious incident."
 
The Brussels airport, which was originally built in 1944 and has three runways, said there were two explosions at the building and everyone was asked to leave. 
 
France is seeking Abdeslam's extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings which killed 130 people in Paris.
 
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